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Groom shot dead in front of bride at wedding in tragic mistake

A man has been gunned down just moments after saying ‘I do’ in a horrifying case of mistaken identity.

Marco Antonio Rosales Contreras was walking out of his wedding ceremony in Mexico on Saturday when he was shot in front of his new wife.

The 32-year-old was struck multiple times outside Neustra Señora de La Candelaria church in Caborca around 5pm local time, El Universal reported.

Witnesses said the shots came from a single unidentified man who ran off down the street.

Marco Antonio Rosales Contreras and his new wife.
Marco Antonio Rosales Contreras and his new wife had just tied the knot when he was gunned down outside a church in Caborca, Mexico. Source: Twitter

Wedding guests desperately carried out CPR until paramedics arrived while the man’s bride stood by her husband in a blood-soaked wedding dress.

Mr Contreras was rushed to hospital but unfortunately pronounced dead on the way there.

His sister Michelle Adriana, 32, was also shot in the back.

She was treated at the hospital and released several hours later.

Mr Contreras's new wife in her blood-soaked wedding dress at the church in Mexico.
Mr Contreras's new wife was pictured in a blood-stained wedding dress outside the church. Source: Twitter

Bullets meant for someone else

In the wake of the shooting, authorities have revealed the direct attack on Mr Contreras could have been meant for someone else.

“Investigations indicate that the attack against Marco Antonio was directed towards another individual who was also getting married at the same time in a different nearby city,” a statement from the Sonora Attorney General’s Office read.

According to authorities, another man was also shot at his wedding in a neighbouring city on the same night.

Investigations added that no line of investigation has been ruled out.

Paramedics treat Mr Contreras outside the church.
Mr Contreras died on the way to the hospital. Source: Twitter

A city of cartel violence

While Caborcan society has been “strongly shocked” by the crime, El Universal reported, the city has become a home for drug cartels and violence.

Among those criminal organisations is the Caborca Cartel, run by veteran drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

The 70-year-old was on the US’s most wanted list before he was arrested in July, accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a US drug enforcement agent in 1985.

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